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The Copenhagen Fellowship


The Copenhagen Fellowship offers you a rich, rewarding summer experience!

Accepting Applicants from:

June 5 – 30, 2023 | Climate Change, Human Rights, and Democracies in Crisis


2022 Copenhagen Fellows


Join us for three weeks in Copenhagen, as we dive into the complex issues of Climate Change, Human Rights, and Democracies in Crisis

In 2023 the Copenhagen Fellowship explores issues of Climate Change, Human Rights, and Democracies in Crisis

How do we ensure democracy and human rights in a world of crisis and upheaval? How do we avoid losing sight of climate change in the midst of all the present crises of the world today? And how do we avoid action turning into apathy?

The 2023 the Copenhagen Fellowship will focus on climate change, democracy and human rights in a world in crisis, and explore how we can strengthen active citizenship and inspire continued action.

Application is now closed? Sign up to be notified on the 2024 program here.

Through workshops, discussions and presentations by experts, politicians, NGOs, activists and other actors in these fields, the purpose of this Fellowship is to equip Fellows with knowledge of how to engage with society’s greatest challenges of today,
and to explore concrete ways of action.

Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

What is the Fellowship?

Become part of a challenging, diverse and inspiring network of change makers

The Humanity in Action Fellowships are rich, intense, challenging and deeply rewarding learning environments, where you, as a Fellow, spend 2-4 weeks with about 25 peers from around the world emerging yourself in topics of social justice, democracy, and human rights.

Humanity in Action offers several Fellowships each year in June in different cities in Europe and in the US. Learn more about our other 2023 Fellowships- (Please note, that if you are a Danish based applicant, you are only eligible for the US Mapping Democracy Fellowship):

What We Offer

Participation in our Fellowships are free of charge

Our program offers you a unique opportunity to study and learn with an international group of (future) change makers. And to connect with our global network of Senior Fellows, who have already initated change.

The month-long program provides a country and context-specific curriculum that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. The topics are illuminated by a wide range of experts, workshops, site visits, Fellow presentations and discussions.

After the Fellowship, Fellows embark on developing civil society initiatives in their own communities, the Action Projects. The Fellowship comes with an ongoing virtual training program from August 2023 to May 2024.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to look closely at the programs of previous years to get a sense of the daily rhythms and foci of the programs.

The Structure of the Program

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Copenhagen Fellowship!

The International Program | June 5 and 6, 2023 (virtual)
We will virtually join the entire international 2023 Human in Action cohort of about 100 Fellows to discuss community building, relevant human rights issues and courses for civil engagement  (expect full day or evening program).

The Copenhagen Fellowship | June 8 – 30, 2023 (in-person in Copenhagen, Denmark)
About 25 Fellows from around the world will gather in Copenhagen to learn from local experts, activists, politicians, community members, and each other (expect full day program, and some evening and weekend program).

Read about our other Fellowships here.

Action Projects and Action Project Lab Series | August 2023 – May 2024 (virtual)
After the Fellowship, all Fellows are tasked with developing an Action Project within the next 11 months of the Fellowship. During this time Fellows meet virtually for the Action Project Lab Series, an online training program designed to assist Fellows implement their projects and to keep in touch with their peers and the Humanity in Action community. (The workshops will not exceed 2 hours).

More questions about the Fellowship?

Read more about the Fellowship and the Application Process

Get a glimpse of the 2019 Copenhagen Fellowship

Become a Fellow

Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in five cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

05 Locations

93 Fellows per year